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Cohen, D. (2004).  One Who Is Not Busy, The: Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way.
As taskdoers, worker bees, we hit one note and play it over and over again. We bury ourselves in activity the way substance abusers bury themselves in drink or drugs; no matter how many things we race to do during the day, there's always something more to be done. When there is a threat of hurt or disappointment due to circumstances beyond our control, there's no time to feel it. The monthly sales figures have to be calculated, the client gifts selected and sent, the copier contract gone over, the boardroom reserved for a partners meeting. The substance abuser's overall feeling is unpleasant enough—frantic, uneasy—but he does manage to avoid the real lows: the grief, the anger, the disillusionment." (p.97)
Robinson, J. (2003).  Work to Live.
"We fear the silence of time not filled, the questions and self-judgment that may come up when we're not completely consumed with work or other distractions. Yet it's precisely the ability to stop and still your mind long enough to figure out what you need in life and whether your current course is getting you there that allows you to reach your goals. It frees you from the external noise to find out what a meaningful life is for you. Otherwise, you're running blind on somebody else's track, where busyness and productivity substitute for what's missing inside, peace of mind, which can only be generated within that same mind." (p. 141)

See also: ritual, time, business

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  • Concept: busyness
    • preferred: busyness
    • alternate: busywork
    • related: ritual
    • related: time
    • related: business
    • closeMatch:
    • keyword-144
    • linked content:
      • sense: busyness
      • sense: hum
      • busyness
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity; "they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers"; "there is a constant hum of military preparation"
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      • synset id: 114008050
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